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A Birthday 100k, and a Perfect Day


I readied the bikes and packed them on the car rack long before it was time to leave. It was mercifully cool at the start, 55° (just 13 C) and after our long heat wave, it felt almost chilly. We still started out in short sleeves and shorts as it was due to warm up quick with a perfectly clear sky and barely a breeze.

It was a thin crowd, just Chuck, Phill, my wife and me, but we made a fantastic ride of it. We held a comfortable pace the whole way down to Brighton, where I had a cup of coffee and the pleasure of splitting one of the best sticky buns I’ve ever eaten with my wife at a café. After firing down our treats, we mounted up headed back.

We had a little bit of a cross breeze for some of the ride home but for the most part it was a tailwind for almost 25 miles – if a mild one.

My wife and Phill split off and headed back to the high school parking lot and I rode with Chuck back to his house so I could get some bonus miles and a full 100k because I’m enrolled in this Strava thing for July that tracks how many 100k’s we do in the month… unfortunately, I forgot my phone in the car so I couldn’t track the ride and we were five miles down the road before I’d realized I didn’t have it. I did add it in later, though.

When Mrs. Bgddy and I got home, my oldest daughter had made real, honest to God biscuits and sausage gravy for my birthday breakfast. My favorite breakfast in the whole entire world… and she made everything, including the gravy, from scratch. It was, without a doubt, one of the coolest birthday presents I’d ever received.

After breakfast, which was freaking phenomenal, I showered up and we all took a nap. For the afternoon’s entertainment we visited my sponsor who’s recovering in a rehabilitation center after being hit by a truck on a rural highway, helping to remove a roll of padding that had fallen off a carpet truck with a truck driver who’d stopped as well. He had several friends over for pizza and a meeting.

After, we headed home and watched the Tour de France coverage before crashing for the night.

I think I’d have OD’ed on awesome if we tried to fit one more cool thing in there.

Best day ever.



  1. ericritter65 says:

    If you have a newer cycling computer you can link Strava to the device and you don’t need the cell phone. I still carry my phone with me, but I don’t run down the batteries having it track my miles, I let my Wahoo do that and auto-load my rides. You can edit them once the ride is over, adding equipment and commentary.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks, man. I’m planning on picking up a Garmin 520. Just have to get the cash together. I’ve had better things to do with my money lately.

  2. elisariva says:

    Happy Birthday!! You are on Strava now! I am trying to find you to follow. Take care!

  3. tischcaylor says:

    Sounds like an awesome birthday — here’s to another amazing year!

  4. Sheree says:

    Belated birthday wishes! Sounds as if you had a great time.

  5. saoirsek says:

    Happy happy happy birthday from all the K gang, sending love! Hope you’re sponsor has a great recovery from the accident🙂

  6. Kecia says:

    What an AWESOME birthday!! Happy belated BD and cheers to many more amazing days of bikes, biscuits and gravy, naps, friends, and all things awesome!!

  7. joliesattic says:

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was a good one.

  8. chape says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  9. heavyman927 says:

    Happy birthday! Bikes, family and friends. You couldn’t ask for more. 🙂

  10. biking2work says:

    Many happy returns Jim. Can’t find you on Strava. Please add me!

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